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Affliction (1997)
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Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, snow, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, alcohol abuse, halloween, domestic violence, arson, machismo, abusive father, sheriff, crimes, self destructing, haunted by the past, addiction, mystery, graphic violence, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, social relations, delusion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new hampshire, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, complex and talky films with plots about murder, crimes, dialogue, storytelling, redemption, mentor and death mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Affliction: In My Father's Den (2004), Winter's Bone (2010), Firecracker (2005), Insomnia (2002), The Indian Runner (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
In My Father's Den (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Paul (Macfadyen), a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia (Barclay) he opens up a world she has only ...
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, touching, talky ...
Plot: disappearance, homecoming, small town, journalism, small town life, society, doubts and hesitations, haunted by the past, mystery, self discovery, mysterious disappearance, father daughter relationship ...
Place: new zealand
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95%
 7.1
 142K
Winter's Bone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, harsh, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, missing person, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family relations, small town, down on your luck, family problems, realism, social relations, girl, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 5.1
 971
Firecracker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, rape, small town, mystery, psychopath, family problems, life is a bitch, crimes, mental illness, friendship, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.2
 291K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, dark, twist ending, bleak ...
Plot: police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, small town, guilt, fbi, snow, murderer, investigation, police corruption, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious ...
Plot: small town, brother brother relationship, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, vandalism, arson, murder, vietnam veteran, crimes, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, ohio, nebraska, vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 5.1
 263
Interstate 84 (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When a body is found floating in an upstate New York river, hard-drinking cop Joe Weldon is left with few clues. After uncovering the man's identity - an enigmatic simpleton named Hap - Weldon is led to the crooked hustler who took advantage of ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, life is a bitch, introspection, uncover truth, murder, law enforcement, crimes, misfit, small town life, mystery, mysterious character, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: murder, hit and run, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, redemption, vengeance, tragedy, crimes, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 3.4
 445
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: tense, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, uncover truth, investigation, haunted by the past, parents and children, crimes, mystery, small town, small town life, dishonesty, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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Skeletons in the Closet (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A father suspects his son to be a murderer...or is he just paranoid and trying to cover up his own past which involves his wife being killed in a fire?
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, mind game, uncover truth, investigation, mysterious character, haunted by the past, law enforcement, life is a bitch, mystery, single parent, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.0
 23K
Get Low (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany, Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: funeral director, solitude, gossip and rumors, uncover truth, haunted by the past, social relations, oldtimer, life is a bitch, dealing with death, mysterious character, unfulfillment, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1938, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, appalachia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.9
 449K
Mystic River (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: psychological, tense, neo noir, bleak, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, sexual abuse, childhood, child rape, loss of loved one, child molestation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, coma, misfit partners, dealing with death, haunted by the past, patient, death, insomnia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Everybody Wins (1990)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A seemingly good Samaritan hires a private detective to prove a teen sitting in prison on a murder charge is innocent. His investigation discovers deep corruption in a Connecticut town and finds the woman isn't everything she is pretending to ...
Style: serious, realistic, neo noir, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, small town, investigation, corruption, injustice, power relations, mentally unstable, law enforcement, legal investigation, mystery, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: connecticut, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: prejudice, chief of police, small town, racism, culture clash, police investigation, racial slur, racist, crimes, mystery, african american, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s
Place: usa, southern usa, mississippi, plymouth, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.6
 15K
The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, depressing ...
Plot: investigation, murder, missing person, uncover truth, newspaper, life is a bitch, family relations, prostitute, forensics, mystery, vandalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.8
 7K
Cutter's Way (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, false accusation, alcohol abuse, veteran, crimes, dishonesty, murder mystery, investigation, revenge, arson, conspiracy, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, california, asia, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
The Minus Man (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Minus Man is a 1999 film based on the novel by Lew McCreary. It was directed by Hampton Fancher, who also wrote the screenplay. The film centers on a psychotic killer whom Fancher describes as "a cross between Psycho's Norman Bates, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, clever, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, american football, small town, dangerous attraction, couples, psychopath, crimes, violence, murder, death, post office, seaside ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: vancouver, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Heaven's Prisoners (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, adoption, confession, crimes, police investigation, vengeance, swamp, air disaster, law enforcement, investigation, alcohol abuse, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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City by the Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: serious, intense, twists and turns, emotional, talky ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crimes, homicide detective, parents and children, family problems, haunted by the past, father son relationship, family relations, police detective, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.7
 52K
U Turn (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
Style: neo noir, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: small town, desert, on the run, mechanic, betrayal, murder, money, wilderness, femme fatale, drifter, police officer, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.0
 66K
Dream House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, riddles and clues, mystery, memory loss, murder, nervous breakdown, investigation, family relations, crimes, family in danger, mental patient ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.2
 319K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, twist ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: femme fatale, rape, private detective, investigation, surveillance, corruption, deception, investigator, domestic violence, secret, suspicion, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.0
 93K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, parents and children, human nature, crimes, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Before and After (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, small town, parents and children, teenage life, investigation, family problems, mystery, accidental death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, murder investigation, family relations, car trouble ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In this spine-tingling and visually stunning thriller, Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Unbreakable, Shaft, Pulp Fiction delivers a "full-throttle performance" (People) as Romulus Ledbetter, a misunderstood musician turned ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, murder, mystery, investigation, crimes, parents and children, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, murder investigation, schizophrenia, conspiracy theory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 4.7
 445
Deadline (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Deadline is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone uninvestigated, unsolved, and unpunished for almost twenty years. That changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper (Steve Talley) meets an ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, hopes, interracial relations, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch, injustice, redemption, idealism, price of justice, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tennessee, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.4
 30K
Lone Star (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Style: twists and turns, tense, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: sheriff, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, investigation, mystery, crimes, law enforcement, parents and children, small town life, uncover truth, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa, southern usa, mexico, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, evil child, mother son relationship, antisocial behavior, school shooting, sociopath, depression, family problems, parents and children, family relations, massacre, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 5.7
 911
Mike's Murder (1984)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Betty has a crush on her tennis instructor Mike. He promises to call her for a date, but never does – she doesn’t know he sells drugs on the side. After botching a deal on someone else’s turf, Mike has to disappear for a while. He contacts ...
Style: neo noir, gloomy, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, tennis, investigation, nudity (full frontal - brief), addiction, mystery, drug abuse, law enforcement, amateur detective, dishonesty, crimes, love affair ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A loathsome man ends up dead, but it's not clear who's to blame. If ever a person got what he deserved, it's James Urbanksi, an abusive drunk who steals from his wife, Joyce, and promises her close friend Cynthia Kellogg that ...
Style: psychological, clever, suspenseful, tense, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, crime gone awry, investigation, mystery, crimes, police investigation, unlikely criminals, law enforcement, crumbling marriage, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%